As expected, Nathan Smith (pictured right) and Craig Weller cleared waivers and can be sent to Houston at any time. Andy Hilbert, according to Russo, is pondering a two-way deal from the Wild, and will start the season with the Aeros if he chooses that option. Two of these three players will make the Aeros a lot better, offensively, in a heartbeat. And Weller is a decent PIM guy that could make Simon Ferguson expendable in the coming days. I hope they keep Ferguson, but in the end Weller is a guy that could get a call up for that role ... Ferguson is not.
I expect to get some news about Aeros cuts today, and there could be some surprises on that list. I will not, however, speculate or predict. Way too early to start that now.
On a side note, both Jason Ryznar and John Lammers were both cut from Peoria's training camp roster and sent to ECHL Alaska recently. Davis Payne, according to the Dave Eminian story, just ran out of roster spots. He was complimentary of them both.
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